May 12th, 2010
11:01 PM ET

Los Angeles passes Arizona boycott over immigration law

The Los Angeles City Council overwhelmingly approved a boycott of Arizona-based businesses and governments Wednesday unless the state repeals a new law giving police the power to question a detainee's immigration status.

Several other California cities, including San Francisco and Oakland, have already adopted resolutions requesting city departments to not sign any new contracts with Arizona companies.

The Arizona law requires immigrants to carry their registration documents at all times and allows police to question individuals' immigration status in the process of enforcing any other law or ordinance.

The Los Angeles resolution passed Wednesday said Arizona's new immigration law "encourages racial profiling and violates Fourteenth Amendment guarantees of due process and equal protection for U.S. citizens, legal residents and visitors who are detained for suspicion of being in the country unlawfully."

The city's legislative analyst reported that Los Angeles currently has $56 million in contracts with companies headquartered in Arizona.

The city's Harbor Department, which has $26 million of such contracts, is opposing the resolution, the report said. This includes money for the "Clean Truck Program," it said.

"The Harbor does not recommend rescinding this incentive program due to adverse effects this action would have on the environment and public health," the analyst wrote.

The resolution also prohibits city employees from traveling to Arizona "unless special circumstances can be demonstrated" that canceling a trip would "harm city interests."

The National Council of La Raza announced a boycott last week against Arizona's $18.6 billion tourism industry because of the new law, and called on other groups to join. Nearly 30 organizations have come on board, including the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, People for the American Way, the Japanese American Citizens League and the Service Employees International Union.

Critics of the law say it will lead to racial profiling, while supporters say it involves no racial profiling and is needed to crack down on increasing crime involving illegal immigrants.

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  1. Jeff

    No kidding Aaron. On the Jay Leno Show, Arnold Schwarzenegger said he would run for President if he was allowed and the audiance erupted in applause. This is how ignorant the populace has become.....the State of California is bankrupt.....Socialism only works if you have an ample supply of other people's money to distriubute.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. Tim

    There is actually an enormous difference between needing a driver's license to drive or proof of age to acquire alcohol and needing to be able to prove at any time that you are in a country legally. Will white immigrants from Canada, Europe, and Australia need to carry their papers around, too? What about offspring of immigrants? Aren't 95% of us in this country immigrants or descendants of immigrants? Where does this end? This is a horrible, horrible idea. If you want to crack down on crime, enforce existing laws. L.A. was right on the money with this decision.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    Planning my next vacation-Arizona here we come. Will spend money on food, hotel, and other fun things. Support the Great state of Arizona.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. william

    it kills me that all of these people are crying because they are scared of racial profiling, that has nothing at all to do with what they are afriad of, and that is that thier free ride might other country in the world, including MEXICO , would put up with this crap.i am from texas and cant wait to elect someone brave enough to do the same thing, i am tired of giving free things to people that should noy even be here while the rest of us have to work and PAY for everything we get.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ban Cali

    I think Texas, Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon and Washington should all pass a similar bill and let California be the only place where Illegals can get into the US and find safe haven then let's see how long it takes for them to pass a similar law or tighten up their border.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Terry

    Dear white guy. It's true that if you don't have your ID you'd get a ticket when pulled over, but then you say it's no different. Wow. You get a ticket? Do you get taken down to ICE for processing, your children placed in the care of Child Protective Services during the process. You may as well fart in your own face, pal.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    Wow, nice going LA. We're on our way to the 2nd American Civil War. It's inevitable.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Robert

    Tim – Aren't 95% of us in this country immigrants or descendants of immigrants? – LEGAL immigrants. Anyone here legally, who has gone thru the process and become a citizen is instructed to carry at all times their government issued card. So – lets see – people are upset because...........................what, the illegal does not have that dirvers license size card and they may really be deported? Ecks – and the laws will be enforced? Ecks -– and this law applies to ALL ILLEGALS? Ecks.......Leave now and come back legally. As for Los Angeles – they are broke. Why? A substantial part is the cost of taking care of the illegals.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Darlene

    From now on I am boycotting Los Angeles. Arizona's law mirrors the federal law. They are only trying to protect the citizens of their state and of our beloved country.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  10. Isror

    Mother of god, reading is fundamental...Maybe some of you that are opposed to this law should actually read the law rather than getting excerpts from websites that manipulate the information to their benefit.

    Oh, way to go L.A. banning your employees from traveling to Arizona...Thats not an infringement on citizens rights or anything...I use to hate living in Arizona, but now things are getting interesting and I rather like this place.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bill

    BOYCOTT LA !!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. fltruth

    This boycott will probably be appreciated by the citizens of Arizona since it will improve the states quality of life by not having the LA crowd fouling the general environment.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Terry

    Next time I see a Chinese, Pakistani, etc., commit a crime I'm going to stand by and if they aren't asked to prove their citizenship and taken down to ICE for processing, as are the people of Mexican color, I'm filing a lawsuit against Arizona, and that's a promise.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. Fenfield

    Proceed aggressively with the BOYCOTT of Arizona for their malignant, discriminatory immigration law!!

    May 13, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. Justin D'Affronte

    Los Angeles is broke anyway... why should Arizona care about an LA boycott when they can't pay their own bills.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
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